McLaren Automotive staged the Asia Pacific debut of the new 720S supercar at the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show merely three weeks since the second-generation Super Series McLaren made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The 720S is the first model to debut as a second-generation model of a product family under McLaren Automotive. Interestingly, the six teasers leading to its debut with a numerical reference actually meant something - 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 equals 720. The new car is part of the automaker’s Track22 business plan which involves a £1 billion into R&D over the coming six years to result into 15 new models or derivatives.
The sleek design of the new 720S has apparently been inspired by a shark according to McLaren and is part of the brand’s new design language. Rooted in aerodynamic principles, the beautiful form is all functional. The unique 'double-skin' form of the dihedral doors channels air into the radiators in the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car.
Measuring in at 4,543 mm long, 1,930 mm wide and 1,196 mm tall with a 2,670 mm wheelbase, the car is built on a new Monocage II carbon fiber tub and upper structure for its lightweight base. In conjunction with a range of aluminum alloys for the chassis and bodywork, the 720S weighs in at a mere 1,419 kg.
Inside, the car is fitted with fine leather, aluminum to give a premium feel. The new McLaren Driver Interface features a folding driver display and a central infotainment screen. The driver-centric cockpit also features significant use of alcantara and carbon fiber and racecar-inspired buttons and knobs.
Powering the new Super Series car is the new 720 PS M840T engine where the car gets its nomenclature from. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is rated at 720 PS @ 7,500 rpm with maximum torque of 770 Nm @ 5,500 rpm; it is mated to a 7-speed SSG dual clutch transmission and tops out at 341 km/h.
Helping handle the power will be the new generation Proactive Chassis Control (PCC II), a revised suspension composed of double wishbones and adaptive dampers, and McLaren’s electro-hydraulic steering which will combine grip, balance and performance. The PCC II allows for 3 driving modes: Comfort, Sport or Track; and a new Variable Drift Mode, as the feature suggests will help 'drift' the car by electronically adjusting stability control.
While first deliveries will start in May, McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific Managing Director George Biggs says those who book from now may have to wait until 2018 to receive their cars.